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FOOTBALL: Goal-hungry Portland in five-star show
HAMWORTHY RECREATION 2 PORTLAND UNITED 5
The Blues were in insatiable free-scoring form yet again on Saturday as they smashed five past the hosts at Magna Road.
It means that Gary Bailey’s Portland side has now found the net 16 times in their last three outings in both league and cup.
They stay at the summit of the Dorset Premier League on goal difference but the Grove Corner club are certainly going to take some beating as they bid to defend their title.
It was the home side that made the better start and they went in front with 20 minutes gone when Tom Carter conceded a penalty which was dispatched.
However, Hamworthy’s lead didn’t last long and a volleyed finish from midfielder Alex Halloran brought the scores level.
Portland went ahead for the first time on the half-hour mark thanks to an own goal before Adam Linaker thought he had made it 3-1 only to be flagged offside.
A hip injury saw Andy Harris replaced by Will Gould before the break and then the visitors really got on top after the interval.
Linaker did get his goal from close range, following up a shot that was parried by the home keeper, and the game was put to bed after an hour as Lewis Clarke headed in from a corner.
Hamworthy pulled one back five minutes from time, however, deep into time added on Halloran grabbed his second and Port-land’s fifth with a brilliant free-kick.
“It sounds like it wasn’t a close game but it was,” said Bailey. “They started better than us and we weren’t getting close enough to them.
“But after Alex equalised we were superb and there was a great work ethic among the players.
“It was a great squad performance and I couldn’t have asked for any more from the lads. It was a complete performance from the whole squad.
“The big thing for me was that we were winning the ball back nice and early high up the field.
“And with the midfield and defence pressing so hard it meant we could have lots of possession and score a few goals.
“When you’ve got good players and they keep creating chances for themselves you are going to see the results.”
Another three points will be the aim this Saturday when Portland host Swanage Town & Herston.
The Swans, despite being 13th in the league table, thumped Shaftesbury Town 6-1 at the weekend.
Blues: Weeks, Carter (Bastick 55), Whyton, Harris (Gould 40), Carmichael, Smith, R Doidge, Halloran, Toghill, Clarke, Linaker (Jansz-Baker 70).